Big Weekend Off to a Great Start 161 Species!

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By Patrick Comins on May 18, 2013, 8:41am Last modified: May 21, 2013, 9:37am

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We kicked off our Big Weekend Bird-A-Thon today as part of the annual Donal O'Brien Bird-A-Thon.  Mr. O'Brien was formerly the chairman of board of the National Audubon Society and has been raising funds for bird conservation through his family Bird-A-Thon for more than 30 years!

We began our day at 4:00 AM at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury to look for owls and other nocturnal birds.  Our first bird of the day greeted us as we entered the parking lot was a Barred Owl calling from across the road.  Bonus birds included a Swainson's Thrush and a Gray-cheeked or Bicknell's Thrush that flew over and were identified by their distinctive nocturnal flight calls.

A visit to a local farm yielded a bonus, with the above pictured American Woodcock displaying right over our heads and landing quite close to our birding group.    

By the end of the day we had tallied 161 species in the state of Connecticut! To find out more about the Big Weekend, please see:

To find out how you can support our conservation efforts, please email Tiffany Witmer at 

Tomorrow I will be birding with my son Maxson to try and add to the species totals and we will be back at it again on Sunday with a goal of finding 175 species. 


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